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Vogue takes on media images of women

5 Dec


Clicking around youtube I found a video of an interview with Tyra Banks where she addresses the spring 2012 decision Vogue made to refuse to work with models who are underage or show signs of an eating disorder. Vogue has made this decision in order to show a more positive role model for young girls and promote healthy body image for women. I think this is a brilliant idea and shows that the media does pay attention to how it affects young women. In the video she makes a good point about how when young boys see a sports figure, they do not get upset they don’t look like their idols yet young women are constantly bombarded with images and messages that we need to look a certain way. I never thought of the media in this way but do you think there is a lot less pressure on males to look a certain way over females?

Katie Couric and Tyra Banks

17 Oct




In the movie Miss Representation, Katie Couric gives advice and tells her story on being the first female solo news anchor of a weekday nightly newscast on one of the top three stations. Her work there was award-winning, but she continued to trail behind ABC and NBC. When her contract expired, it was not renewed, and she left the station.

She now hosts Katie, a talk show on ABC. Personally, I’m disappointed with her move from nightly news anchor/journalist to talk show host. She has guests like E.L James, the author of the Fifty Shades trilogy and other non-consequential celebrities, unlike her interviews for CBS where she interviewed people like President Obama, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton.

Did she sell out?

She recently had Tyra Banks on her show to talk about “the culture of cruelty.” This upsets me because I think Tyra Banks prolongates the culture of cruelty with America’s Next Top Model. While her show is fun to watch, it impacts the teenagers who watch it and see Banks telling a girl who is 5’6″ and 130 pounds that she is too short and overweight. Banks’ unrealistic perception of what short and overweight is hurts the girls who watch the show who are average size.